Policies

    Loan Periods and Late Fees 

    Material may be checked out for the following loan periods. Please note late fees. 

    Books, Magazines, CDs, Audiobooks, Preschool Kits, Cake Pans, Fishing Poles, Video Games 

    21 Days 

    $.10 per day 

    Express Movies 

    2 Days 

    $1 per day 

    Express Books 

    7 Days 

    $1 per day 

    DVDs (1 or 2 disks)  

    7 Days 

    $.10 per day 

    DVDs (3+ disks)  

    21 Days 

    $.10 per day 

    Binge Boxes 

    21 Days 

    $.10 per day 

    Nooks 

    21 Days 

    $5 per day 

    Museum Passes 

    2 Days 

    $5 per day 

     

    • All items checked out for 21 days may be renewed twice, unless someone is waiting for them. 

    • A maximum of 99 items can be checked out at one time. 

    • A maximum of 25 holds (requests) can be on a patron's account at one time. 

    • A maximum of 10 DVDs can be checked out at one time. 

    • Replacement costs for above items will be determined on an individual basis. 


     Circulation Policy 

    Coventry Public Library is pleased to circulate nearly all of it collections to library users in good standing with valid library cards.  In order to ensure maximum use of the collections, equal access to library holdings, and responsible care of library materials, Coventry Library has developed a set of circulation policies to govern the lending of library materials. 

     All library patrons must have a valid OSL card in order to check out library materials.  Cards are not transferable to other family members or friends.  The patron is responsible for materials checked out on his or her card.  Please immediately report loss of card or change of address. 

    • Patrons can apply for a library card or renew their library card online at https://www.oslri.org/application/
    •  Without their card present a patron must show valid photo ID to check out materials. 

    •  Fines for items other than museum passes, Nooks, and our Express Collection are set at ten cents (.10) per day, per item with no grace period.  Maximum fine per item is six dollars ($6.00), not to exceed the price of the item. 

    •  All books, audio books, music CDs, cake pans, kits and puppets may be renewed twice, providing there are no holds on the items and the items are no more than 2 weeks overdue.  There are no renewals on DVDs, museum passes, Nooks, and the Express Collection. 

    •  Telephone renewals are allowed on items as long as the patron has his or her card available, the item to be renewed is not more than 2 weeks overdue, and there are no holds placed on the item.  In-house patrons’ needs must take precedence over telephone renewals in which case the phone patron may be asked to call back. 

    •  If a person loses their library card, there is a one dollar ($1.00) replacement fee.  Proper ID is required to replace the card. 

    •  Coventry Library reserves the right to determine charges for lost or damaged items and the right to deny borrowing privileges to anyone who has library materials overdue from any OSL library or owes fines amounting to more than five dollars ($5.00) from any OSL library.   

    •  A parent or guardian, in signing for their minor child, is financially responsible for any delinquencies on that card.   

    •  The library is not responsible for damage to patron’s devices that may result from damaged or defective library materials. 

    •  You may use your OSL card at all other OSL libraries.  Circulation policies and rules may vary with each library.  Items may be returned to any OSL library however the patron is responsible for all materials until they are checked in by the owning library. 


    Interlibrary Loan Policy 

    The Coventry Public Library recognizes the importance of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service and perceives it as a core library service. As a member of Ocean State Libraries and the Library of Rhode Island (LORI), the library shares most of its collections with the patrons of other libraries.  

    All materials: print, non-print, realia, and digital (when possible) are available to all who come into the library in person. 

    Scope: 

    The following materials are available for Interlibrary Loan (allow holds) from Coventry Public Library: 

    Circulating Books 

    Circulation Periodicals 

    Circulating non-print materials (DVDs, CDs, Audio books, Games, etc.) 

    Photocopies of non-circulating materials 

    The following materials are not available for Interlibrary Loan from Coventry Public Library: 

    Reference Materials 

    Special Collection Materials 

    Express Collection 

    Nooks/Laptops 

    Story Packs 

    Cake Pans 

    Fishing Poles & Tackle Boxes 

    Puppets 

    Museum Passes 

    Databases with prohibitive Vendor License Agreements 

    Responsibilities of Requesting Libraries: 

    • Interlibrary Loan does not take the place of adequate collection development. 

    • Requested material should be described completely and accurately. 

    • The requesting library is responsible for borrowed materials until they are returned and received by the loaning library. This includes damage/loss of requested materials. 

    • Photocopies of materials not available for Interlibrary Loan are allowed within the parameters of U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code).  

    • The requesting library will honor the loan period of the loaning library. Every effort will be made to ensure materials are returned on time. Renewal requests will be made to the loaning library. Material may be recalled at any time. 

    Responsibilities of the Loaning Library: 

    • Loaning library will honor the material request within 3 business days. 

    • Any special instructions for the use of materials will accompany the loaned materials. 

    • Loaning library will provide complete information identifying borrowing patron. 

    • Loan period is the same as regular circulation loan period for material categories. 

    • If material is in disrepair, such condition will be noted before material is sent to requesting library. 

    Other Conditions: 

    • All ILL transactions are confidential. 

    • ILL records will be kept in accordance with state/federal laws. 

    • No transaction fees will be charged. 

    • No overdue fines will be charged to the requesting library.